The Democratic National Committee launched an effort Thursday to "protect the vote" as Republican lawmakers in a number of states tweak election laws.
Democrats contend the effort -- including here in North Carolina -- is aimed at disenfranchising voters who supported the president and Democratic candidates in 2008.
On a conference call, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz rejected the GOP argument that fraud pervades elections. "The truth is that every major investigation into voter fraud ... has arrived at the same conclusion: there is almost none," she said.
The call highlighted the North Carolina legislature's efforts to require a voter ID or curtail early voting dates, saying it fits a national patter of Republicans trying to restrict voting in 2012 battleground states. The Tar Heel state also gets prominent play in the DNC's report on the voting rights. Find the report here.